Today, the world-leading research and innovation hub in
nanoelectronics and digital technology imec, and the Flemish Government
announced a new, 5-year strategic commitment that aims at strengthening the
pioneering role of Flanders’ renowned research hub. Imec’s annual grant has
been raised to 108 million euro with extra money being invested in imec’s
longer-term strategic research to consolidate its global position in advanced
semiconductor R&D and digital technology and their application domains in
smart health, smart cities, smart mobility, sustainable energy and Industry





Luc Van den hove, CEO of imec and
Philippe Muyters, Flemish Minister for Economy and Innovation.



Following the merger of imec and the Flemish research institute in
software and ICT, iMinds in 2016, Flanders has a world-class innovation hub in
the domains of nanoelectronics and digital technology, collaborating with
industry leaders and universities and research centers worldwide. Imec attracts
talented scientists from around the world and has distributed research teams at
the five Flemish universities. The center’s innovation capacity culminates in
over 120 European patent applications on a yearly basis.


“Technological innovation is a global
effort. Our strategy has always been to act globally and bring ecosystems of
top players together to build on each other strengths. Only this allows to
create innovation that matters in a sustainable way, and to create
impact on a local and global scale,” said Luc Van den hove, CEO of imec.
“Building sufficient critical mass and operating on an international scale are
must-haves to generate local impact. We have succeeded, for instance, in
convincing a number of international leaders in the microchip industry to
invest in Flanders, such as ASML and JSR. These partnerships have led to the
creation of more than 6,000 Flemish jobs and allow us to top up the 15%
subsidies from the Flemish Government with revenues generated by our own


“In the new strategic agreement with imec, we fully recognize the
relevance of its international leadership. Yet, the annual grant of 108 million
euro also includes additional resources for supporting local innovation,” added
Philippe Muyters, Flemish Minister for Economy and Innovation. “Flemish
companies can turn to imec for integrated solutions that capitalize on the
latest hardware and software developments. This is a crucial element in their
quest for technology that can immediately be incorporated in their products –
earning them a quick competitive advantage.”  


Luc Van den
hoveconcluded: “We truly appreciate the
Flemish Government providing us with the resources to step up our long-term
strategic research and to further support companies in Flanders and worldwide
with the development of technological solutions applicable to their products
and services, offering our hardware and software solutions throughout the
entire lifecycle of the innovations process.”


About imec


Imec is the
world-leading research and innovation hub in nano-electronics and digital
technologies. The combination of our widely acclaimed leadership in microchip
technology and profound software and ICT expertise is what makes us unique. By
leveraging our world-class infrastructure and local and global ecosystem of
partners across a multitude of industries, we create groundbreaking innovation
in application domains such as healthcare, smart cities and mobility, logistics
and manufacturing, and energy.


As a trusted
partner for companies, start-ups and universities we bring together close to 3,500 brilliant minds from over 70 nationalities. Imec is headquartered in Leuven, Belgium
and also has distributed R&D groups at a number of Flemish universities, in
the Netherlands, Taiwan, USA,
China, and offices in India and Japan. In 2015, imec’s revenue (P&L)
totaled 415 million euro and of iMinds which is integrated in imec as of
September 21, 2016 52 million euro. Further information on imec can be found at